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JOSH COUL­SON used to get soaked watch­ing Cam­bridge United on the ter­races and saw them drop out of the Foot­ball League nine years ago.

Now the lo­cal lad is in the first team – and is get­ting ready to mark Wayne Rooney.

Or will it be Robin van Per­sie? Fal­cao per­haps? An­gel di Maria? Who­ever Man United pick at the Abbey Sta­dium on Fri­day night, it is likely to be a world su­per­star. The League Two side will rake in £500,000 from the FA Cup fourth-round clash, which is live on the BBC, and the city is buzzing.

Coul­son said: “This is my club. I used to come as a boy.

“I watched us get rel­e­gated out of the Foot­ball League, so to be part of the team which got us pro­moted last year was a proud mo­ment, and this sort of game is a re­ward for the last 18 months. I’ve seen some great games here.

“I al­ways liked the away games bet­ter when I was younger. I re­mem­ber get­ting soaked at Brent­ford when there was no roof.

“I saw them get rel­e­gated. As a kid you don’t re­alise what it means to the club.

“For me, it’s an hon­our to play for Cam­bridge. You want to play as high as you can, but if I can play as high as I can with this club it would mean a lot to me.”

Cam­bridge could have filled the Abbey Sta­dium four times over, such was the clam­our for tick­ets. But there was one man who was dis­ap­pointed to land the Red Devils – Coul­son’s dad Dave.

Coul­son Jnr said: “My dad said he wanted Rochdale away be­cause he hadn’t been there. I said, ‘No Dad, United at home is all right!’”

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